.- The Archdiocese of Havana announced Oct. 9 that three more political prisoners will be released shortly by Cuba’s communist government.
The prisoner releases are the result of an ongoing mediation effort being carried out by Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana and Spain’s Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos.
Those to be released are: Ciro Perez Santana, sentenced to 20 years and imprisoned since 1994, along with Arturo Suarez Ramos, who has completed 22 of his 30 year sentence, and Rolando Jimenez Posada, who was sentenced to 12 years on April 25, 2003.
With their release, a total of 42 out of the 52 political prisoners promised freedom by President Raul Castro will be have been sent to Spain. The 52 had been identified by Amnesty International as “prisoners of conscience.”